It’s been five years in the making and the queen of classical music is back with a new album, Symphony. Sarah Brightman says this album has a dark, almost Gothic feel about it, pointing to a firm change in direction from her last album, the popular Harem.

I wanted to do something with a bit more edge, Brightman told Sydney Star Observer.

I don’t like it when I repeat myself and often with this genre of music I’ve done for many years one could carry on in that same direction, but I just felt I wanted to do something new and listen to other music.

The album is different and more eclectic. When I started the album I wanted it to be very utopian, gold and classic in its feelings. That’s why there are pieces like Canto Della Terra.

Already there has been massive coverage of the record with the track Running declared International Association of Athletics Federations’ Green Project Charity song. The Spanish track Pasi?i> with Fernando Lima is the theme song for the Mexican telenovela of the same name.

One of the standout songs on the album is Let It Rain.

It was written for me by two German writers who have known me for a long time, Brightman said.

The song is about when you get to the end of the theatre and when everything is not right and going wrong. Then you let it go and see what happens -“ things will fall into place and you feel better again.

When it comes to the gay community, Brightman said Symphony was an album she expected us to find passionate, daring and relevant.

I’ve always been flattered that the gay community likes everything because they know about things before everybody else does. [The support] has always been there and it’s fun, she said.

I’ve always been very individual. When I started this classical crossover, with all different styles I’ve sung during my career, I wanted to make sure it had a unique style.

The community has already related to my music. I’ve never got such a good response as from this album. They can see the thought that has gone in, the different direction and it’s quite visual.

In the meantime, the diva is set to star alongside Paris Hilton and Alexa Ellesse Vega in the feature film Repo! The Genetic Opera. It’s a rock musical directed by Darren Lynn Bousman and is set to be released at the end of the year.

Brightman will play Blind Mag, a famous opera singer who is marked for repossession.

It’s set 50 years in the future and is quite a complex and dark story about how the world’s organs are starting to disintegrate because of the atmosphere and toxic waste, she said.

A company has worked out how to create genetically perfect organs. The world is full of drugs and murder-ridden -“ it’s not a nice place to be.

Symphony is out now. For more information on Sarah Brightman go to

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